We’ve heard Dr. George Hill say for years, “there are no shortages of opportunities within Victory Churches, only a shortage of qualified leaders to fill them.”
The leadership vacuum in the local church is our problem to solve. As one of the Ten Tenets of Victory Churches says, “We are committed to increase as opposed to maintenance.”
Jesus is coming back soon and we have a lot of work to do. There are souls whose eternities depend on our ability to reach them. We will only reach them effectively if we have qualified leaders “equipping the saints to do the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:12).
How do we equip our people to do the work of the ministry? How do we multiply leaders?
This past week was a super exciting week for us at My Victory. We released the book My Victory Starts Here along with the series on the same topic. We celebrated 8 baptisms in our site in Okotoks and we successfully launched our campus in Lloydminster with 190 people in attendance! I am so proud of our team there and all of the work they put in to make the church launch such a success. It is no small feat to gather a crowd of this magnitude when opening a brand new church in a community. I am so impressed.
Now the work begins to turn that crowd into a congregation, to turn our new converts into disciples. This is a big job, and it takes a highly qualified and passionate team to do this. This is much more than just a job that one pastor can do. Remember, John Maxwell once said that “one is too small a number to achieve greatness.”
This is an exciting week for me. I am launching my first book this Sunday, plus we are officially opening our fourth campus in Lloydminster, a city that straddles the border of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
The book is called My Victory Starts Here and it is a 40 day devotional designed to set the foundation for what Christianity is all about. It’s a great resource for new believers and was written based on the discipleship program we have been running here at My Victory for the past 2 years. In that time we have led over 1000 people to Jesus and have been able to incorporate over half of them into the regular life of the church and ministry. We’re excited about the retention of new believers and even more excited about releasing this book now as a tool for our church members to use to lead their friends and family members to Christ and then be equipped disciple them.
The book is available for order now on my website, kellystickel.com or on amazon.ca.
Last week I talked about casting a compelling vision and as an example I walked through our vision as a church for the upcoming year. Our goal is to go deeper. Now, I know that seems vague and can mean a million things, but today I want to give you the specifics of how we intend to do this.
We called this podcast Inside MyVictory because we wanted to give everyone access to what we teach our staff and volunteers on a regular basis. In this episode I want to give you a glimpse into what I taught last night to our volunteers at our iPartner Volunteers Night in Lethbridge. I shared our vision and strategy for the upcoming fall for MyVictory Lethbridge as well I give insight into the strategies we will be implementing across all 4 of our campuses in the next year.